In the fight for immigrants, Cardinal Roger Mahony works out of the spotlight

Standing beneath the wooden panels of a church in the San Gabriel Valley, Cardinal Roger Mahony delivered a message that has over decades become a refrain. “Immigrants are our brothers and sisters,” he said, celebrating Mass in Spanish on a recent Sunday. The government may demonize them, but “they … [Read More...]

Is Church teaching changing on the death penalty?

The Church has consistently taught that the state has the authority to use the death penalty. But, in recent years, popes and bishops have become more vocal in calling for an end to its use. Many Catholics instinctively favor life over death, even after the worst crimes, and some are left wondering … [Read More...]

For “Uncle Ted,” the final cut

Put simply, the report is a nuclear bomb. Even as last month's credible, substantiated allegation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a minor in the early 1970s resulted in the Pope's direct suspension of the 88 year-old prelate, and with it emerged two decade-old settlements by the dioceses he … [Read More...]

Cardinal Timothy Dolan enters Supreme Court confirmation fray

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today inviting all people of good will to join in a prayer campaign that the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our … [Read More...]

Not the bloodstains of a man who was crucified?

A study on the Shroud of Turin based on bloodstain pattern analysis used to investigate crime scenes has sparked fresh debate on what is believed to be Christ's burial cloth, saying the marks left by the blood flow are not authentic. The study, “A BPA Approach to the Shroud of Turin,” was published … [Read More...]

Papal confidantes denounce ‘distorted American dream’ of Prosperity Gospel

The “prosperity gospel” that US President Donald Trump and many of his advisers and followers seem to espouse does not promote solidarity for the common good, but sees God as giving his blessings to the rich and punishing the poor, said an influential Jesuit journal. The philosophy “is used as a … [Read More...]

“Unconscionable tactics to drive asylum seekers deep into the desert”

The Catholic diocese of San Jose held a prayer service for immigration reform and reunification of migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday night at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. Bishop Patrick McGrath presided over the service and began with, “pray for those who can’t … [Read More...]

“The big decline is in the Catholic schools”

The complexion of America’s private school sector has undergone massive changes over the past half-century, driven mostly by a decline in Catholic school enrollment, according to a major new report published in the journal Education Next. The authors find that middle-class families in particular … [Read More...]

San Francisco deacon continues to write for gay newspaper

A Catholic deacon who is openly homosexual has continued to write salacious reviews of obscene movies for a “gay” newspaper in San Francisco for at least a year since Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was informed of his activities, LifeSite has learned. Over a year ago, in June 2017 the archdiocese … [Read More...]

‘The beautiful promise of Humanae Vitae’

The following is an excerpt from an article by Archbishop José H. Gomez: This week we are remembering the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”), Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical letter on human life and love. Looking back, we can understand better how the world of 1968 was not … [Read More...]

Federal judge sides with Trump Administration in Title X lawsuit

A federal judge has sided with the Trump administration in a lawsuit challenging its move to prioritize faith-based, abstinence-focused programs for dispensing family-planning dollars. In May, three Planned Parenthood groups and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association … [Read More...]

Pope Francis names cardinals who will lead upcoming synod on youth

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’s picks for the four cardinals who’ll preside over an October meeting of bishops focused on youth. All four come from what the pontiff has described the “peripheries” of the world: Myanmar, Iraq, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. Though a “president … [Read More...]

Lake Forest parish plans 4th annual Camino de Santiago

‘El Camino de Santiago’, or The Way of St. James, is the oldest and most important pilgrimage route in all of Europe. All Camino routes ultimately lead to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the final resting place of apostle, James (St. James, the Greater). Following the discovery of the tomb of … [Read More...]

Cardinal proposes adding environmental protection to Code of Canon Law

A new canon to be inserted in the Code of Canon Law, dedicated to the “grave duty” of the Christian faithful not only “not to harm” but also to “improve” the natural environment. This is the proposal that Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President Emeritus of the Dicastery for Legislative Texts, … [Read More...]